The Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 12 innings on Tuesday night snapping their three-game winning streak. David Price, who was making his first start against the Yankees since his trade from the Tampa Bay Rays, pitched 8.2 innings, allowed three runs and picked up 10 strikeouts.
However, former Yankee Joba Chamberlain was key for the Tigers because he got the final out of the ninth inning and pitched a perfect 10th. The Yankees had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with Martin Prado hitting, but Prado struck out with Ichiro Suzuki on second to send the game to extra innings.
David Price is the second of the three past Cy Young winners that the Yankees are facing in the first three games of the series. “It’s a tough loss, but we will bounce back,” Joe Girardi said. “We had a lot of opportunities to win the game. It is tough.”
Prado did have his best game overall as a Yankee as hit his first homer as a Yankee in the fifth inning and then hit a double in the seventh since he hustled to second after hitting a ball hard that deflected off of Nick Castellanos’s glove at third into the outfield. In the third inning, Jacoby Ellsbury, who is now 4-8 in his last two games, hit a double to left that scored Brendan Ryan. In the second inning, Brian McCann slugged his 12th homer of the season and first since July 26.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched well in his seven innings, only allowing three runs and striking out five. His streak of retiring 14 batters in a row ended with Andrew Romine‘s homer to lead off the sixth inning. He stuff tends to get worse after the throws 80 pitches, but he was still able to leave the team in position to win the game. Kuroda now has thrown a quality start in nine of his last 12 starts. The bullpen threw four scoreless innings until Matt Daley allowed a homer to Alex Avila with an out in the 12th inning. Chase Headley nearly tied the game in the 12 but his fly ball was caught at the warning track.
“It was supposed to be a fastball in,” Daley said. “It didn’t get in and he got barrel on it.” Daley has been sent back and forth between the AAA-Scranton and the Yankees this year, and he might not have had to pitch if David Robertson was available. Robertson had gotten the save in the previous three games, which made him unavailable for Tuesday’s game.
Esmil Rogers pitched in his second game as a Yankee and his ERA is still 0.00. He got Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera out in the 11th and left the game after giving up a single to Victor Martinez. Rich Hill relieved Rogers and in his Yankees debut he hit Ezequiel Carrera with a pitch in the only batter he faced. In the 10th inning, Headley who won the Gold Glove while play for the San Diego Padres in 2012, made a Gold Glove caliber play on a grounder hit by Romine in which he had to make a throw from near the foul line.
Derek Jeter’s single in the fifth inning puts him only two hits away from tying Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list. He currently has 3,428 and Tris Speaker is in fifth place with 3.515 career hits.
The Yankees were only 1-6 with runners in scoring position, and even though Prado had his best game as a Yankee, his strikeout to end the ninth was most costly. This is the seventh game this season that the Yankees have lost when leading after six innings.
In Wednesday’s game, Justin Verlander will start for the Tigers and Chris Capuano, who allowed four runs in his last start, will get the start for the Yankees. Verlander won the Cy Young in 2011, but this season his stats are not anything close to Cy Young worthy. His 4.66 ERA is the 40th worst the the American League, and as a result of Verlander’s 52 walks and 162 hits allowed, his WHIP is a very high 1.42.
The Yankees are still a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the second Wild-Card, which makes winning Wednesday night’s game important.